Henry Matisse Exhibition Opens in Merida


January 25th the Matisse exhibition was inaugurated and it’s an ample display of his lithography, engraved linen, aquatint and pochoir or stenciling. It’s beautifully curated in three halls of the Olimp Gallery and is well worth the visit.

Henri Matisse

Matisse was a French artist known for his use of color and his innovations in the Fauvist movement. He was also a sculptor, printmaker, and draftsman. He is regarded as one of the greatest colorists of the 20th century and his works include paintings, drawings, sculptures, and paper cutouts. Some of his most famous works include “The Dance” and “The Snail”.

One of the most influential creators of the 20th century and one of the leaders of the Fauvist movement. His work is based on simplification, stylization and synthesis. Matisse was noted for his innovative use of color and form in his paintings, sculptures, and drawings. Among his outstanding works are: Nu bleu, Femme au chapeau, L’Atelier rouge, La Fenêtre ouverte, La Danse, La Joie de vivrel.

Where is the Exhibit From?

The exhibition comes from Spain, from the “Caja Canarias” Foundation Art Collection. It will be in Mérida for 3 months starting on January 25 and is the largest Matisse exhibition exhibited in Mexico to date.


“Matisse. Arte en equilibrio”, shows a wide and careful selection of works, divided into three rooms, showing 114 works, covering his production as an engraver from 1938 to the last years of his life.

  • The first room addresses two major themes in the artist’s work; the portraits and the collaborations with Teriade, areas that will be dealt with transversally throughout the exhibition, given the importance both of the treatment of the portrait and of the creation between both creators.


  • The second room exhibits the series of The Eskimos, whose existence is a consequence of Matisse’s deep admiration for Inut and pre-Columbian cultures. Starting from his trip to North Africa in 1906, the artist was fascinated by ancestral masks, both for their aesthetics and for their symbolic value.


  • In the third room, the innovative technique of gouaches découpées shines, even his contributions as an engraver to the linocut technique, are presented to the viewer with various graphic works.
Viewing Schedules:

The exhibition will remain at Centro Cultural el Olimpo  until April, and guided tours will begin in February.

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